Amy Ruth will be Annie Reilly (also known as "Anytime Annie") in our upcoming production of 42nd Street. A native of Ft. Worth, Texas, Amy fell in love with Madison while attending her sister's wedding, and has been here for nine years. We asked Amy to answer a few questions about her strangest theatrical experience, her dance history, and what she likes the most about her character.
Have you done any shows with Middleton Players Theatre before?
I played Cassie in A Chorus Line in 2014.
What do you do when you’re not performing or working in the theatre?
I work at lululemon athletica in Hilldale Mall, and I'm also training to be an instructor at The Barre Code.
What is your favorite theatrical work?
I'm a dancer first, so anything with dance in it I love.
What is your favorite theatre memory?
Definitely performing on the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall! There's nothing else like it.
What is your strangest experience in theatre?
While performing in Atlanta with the Rockettes, we had to enter from the audience for our ragdoll number. The only way for us to get from backstage to the lobby was a path that led us through the men's restroom. Imagine eighteen women in puffy dresses and giant orange wigs traipsing past the urinals. I think we actually surprised a guy once. It was pretty funny and very strange.
How long have you been dancing?
My whole life, but professionally I danced for fifteen years.
What musical theatre song do you shamelessly belt out?
"Gimme Gimme" from Thoroughly Modern Millie.
What do you enjoy the most about Annie Reilly?
I love her spunk and sass! I also love that she's the one who kind of pulls everyone together to fight for the show to go on. She's got a lot of moxie!
What would you like audiences to know about the show?
That we are having a blast and hope they do too!
BONUS: Give us a fun fact about yourself!
I am an excellent baker!
Don’t miss your chance to come see Amy in our upcoming production of 42nd Street! Performances are June 29-July 2 at the Middleton Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased here.